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AiRres Mask is a head-mounted device that controls the user’s breathing ability in order to bring the virtual experience a step closer to reality. Depending on the environmental conditions or the state of the virtual avatar, the hardware translates these difficulty levels into breathing actions. If, for example, the avatar walks through a place with intense smoke or heat, the system describes the sensation as restricted air supply, thus making the inhalation and exhalation for the users harder. Although the mask provides breathing resistance, it does not limit the wearer’s movement — which would ruin the entire experience.